President's Page BVA President Roy Kekahuna

by Roy Kekahuna

In a very short three months, BVA’s national membership will see numerous changes to the National Board of Directors. Change is a good thing when it brings new experience, new leadership, new goals, and new opportunities. We hope that change in this case will help us become more proactive in the dynamic arenas that make up the universe of blinded veterans and their issues. 


One of the themes of our recently completed mid-winter meetings was the need to become, as an organization and as the leadership of that organization, more proactive as opposed to reactive. Doing so, we believe, will ensure a more promising future for blinded veterans of all eras.

It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as your National President the past two years. I would challenge all of us to become involved in our regional groups, which are truly the heart and soul of our organization and what we are trying to accomplish in service to one another. Without the regional groups there would be no need or purpose for a Board of Directors since there would be no means for communicating the important issues to us.

BVA National Officers and Tom Zampieri presented Association's Legislative Achievement Award to Senator Daniel Akaka on March 15. Left to right: Mark Cornell, Sam Huhn, Senator Akaka, Roy Kekahuna, Steve Beres, and Tom Zampieri.
BVA National Officers and Tom Zampieri presented Association's Legislative Achievement Award to Senator Daniel Akaka on March 15. Left to right: Mark Cornell, Sam Huhn, Senator Akaka, Roy Kekahuna, Steve Beres, and Tom Zampieri.

We strongly need new leadership at all levels of this great organization. Please take my challenge and become involved. Let us hear your voice. Make a difference instead of waiting for others to lead you.

I encourage everyone to use the next few days and weeks to make arrangements to join me and the Southern Nevada Regional Group at the 66th National Convention. Las Vegas is now my city and, as such, I feel comfortable in labeling it a fabulous venue and welcome you all. There is so much to see and do here.


We are all happy to see members who make it to just about every convention. I enjoy seeing everyone. What I enjoy seeing even more are the blinded veterans and their families who have never before experienced a BVA convention but who may return again and again in subsequent years. Here they are welcomed as if they have just come home. There are new friends to be made and knowledge to be acquired. I hope there are many such attendees this year in Las Vegas who will continue the legacy of the Blinded Veterans Association.